Groundbreaking research from the Oxford Internet Institute suggests that, contrary to conventional wisdom, time spent playing video games can in fact be good for wellbeing.
Professor Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute and lead-author of the study, said: 'Our findings show video games aren’t necessarily bad for your health; there are other psychological factors which have a significant effect on a persons’ well-being. In fact, play can be an activity that relates positively to people’s mental health – and regulating video games could withhold those benefits from players.'
In the Oxford Arts Blog, Professor Przybylski says the study suggests the need to find out if the ‘moral panic’ over gaming is just that. ‘It’s fine to have an opinion about video games,’ he says . ‘But, without research, you cannot know if this is a real thing or just your own ‘facts’.'
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